King for a Day - Fortress CD - King For A Day, a Connecticut based original blues/rock band, has just released their first full length CD, entitled "Fortress". Fortress is a brand new 13 song disc that features powerhouse lead vocalist and songwriter Dan Labich, a mainstay in the CT music scene. Bassist Benj LeFevre from Deep Banana Blackout, guitarist Randy Funke from The Grapes of Vaudevillian Fantasy, as well as veteran freelance drummer Scott Lebish round out the quartet. This new CD is a mix of hard drivin' rock, soulful and heartfelt ballads, as well as mid tempo new classic rock style songs. The power and richness of Danny's vocals are equally matched by Randy Funke's raging guitar, layering a tapestry of sonic greatness that is both inventive and familiar at the same time. Benj and Scott hold down the bottom with solid authority, never letting the listener forget that the low end is where it's at! "Fortress" is a great collection of fresh original rock music, be sure to turn it up!
Big Daddy Love - To the Mountain CD - To The Mountain is an album in the truest sense--a carefully crafted journey of songs--that has received emphatic and heartfelt reviews from reviewers throughout the region and far beyond. "...The thing is, this all works together well, and it flows as album -- remember those, where all the songs work together to the betterment of the total experience -- not just some isolated downloaded track on your playlist. This is a great disc...Give Big Daddy Love the chance and I'll bet they'll win you over." (Gary Hill, Music Street Journal). From across the pond, a reviewer in Belgium wrote "...[if you are] a fan of The Allman Brothers Band or Drive-By Truckers, but you are open to bluegrass elements, then this CD really is a must." Back home in the mountains, another writer said "From start to finish, To The Mountain is a captivating album that alludes to a dynamic live show. If the musicians dabble in a variety of styles it's only because, well, they can. And certain elements -- a tightly-coiled energy always threatening to explode within each song, a choice group of collaborators, flawless musicianship and Smith's compelling vocals -- provide a palpable thread throughout." (Alli Marshall, Mountain Xpress). Picked up as a favorite spin by Americana and AAA radio stations throughout the region, including taste-maker WNCW in Spindale, NC, To The Mountain is a snapshot of a young band realizing the power of their vision, stretching the boundaries of their influences while celebrating their Appalachian roots.
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank - Travelling Show CD/DVD- Brothers Teague and Ian Alexy's first two albums placed them firmly among the pioneers of the impressive roots music resurgence going on in Minnesota. Both well-respected singer/songwriters, Teague is practically a one man band stomping his feet, banging out rhythm guitar and blowing soulful blues on the harmonica around his neck while Ian is a foot stomping guitar ace on both melodic acoustic and rowdy, rock n' roll electric. On their new album Traveling Show, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (the Alexy brothers alias) have guests as far ranging as the mandolin, banjo and fiddle of frequent collaborators Trampled By Turtles, to the pristine pedal steel of John Graboff (Ryan Adams and The Cardinals), to the organ wizardry of Marco Benevento who plays on three tracks. Traveling Show includes a DVD of the 60-minute film Moments and Truths documenting the making of the album in Brooklyn, NY as well as sights and sounds from their tours across the country. Directed by Joshua Priestley, the film is an up close and personal look at a creative and talented band paving their own way through the independent music world.
July 13 - Jerry Douglas - Southern Filibuster: The Songs of Tut Taylor CD
Tim O'Brien - Chicken or Egg CD
Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales - Hooteroll? CD - Keyboardist Howard Wales and guitarist Jerry Garcia teamed up often in the early 1970's, holding jam sessions at nearby clubs and recording this largely ignored studio album. The music on Hooteroll? is a natural extension of the sublime jazz-fusion that had begun to change jazz music. This is psychedelic, interstellar rock with healthy doses of funk, jazz, and 70's style soul. Features John Kahn on bass, Bill Vitt on drums, and Martin Fierro on sax/flute. A classic California lineup and an album that you won't believe you missed!
* A classic, this record is Jerry Garcia's first non-Grateful Dead work!
* Special digipak reissue never available before in America features stunning art by Mati Klarwein.
* Hooteroll? shows early-era Dead influence, yet incorporates the years of experience accrued by Garcia. Some very unique music is created in this session, and lets the listener see how Garcia could branch out to do something different--more experimental, more off-the-cuff, and more spontaneous.
* Using a seven-piece band and implementing organs, sax, trumpet, guitars, bass, and drums, kaleidoscopic musical waves and journeys combine to make a very diverse and jam-filled record.
Dickey Betts & Great Southern - 30 Years of Southern Rock (2 CDs) - First time on CD for these live recordings from 1978 and 2008. Dickey Betts and Great Southern were the third highlight at the Rockpalast Festival on March 4th/5th, 1978. On those evenings they played for the first time in Europe in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Gruga-Halle in Essen/Germany and millions of viewers on television. Dickey Betts is not an unknown to those who are familiar with American Rock music. He was one of the original members of the Allman Brothers Band and formed his own band Great Southern in 1976. Nowadays, Dickey Betts and Great Southern are considered to be one of the most important and influential Southern Rock bands of all time. 2009.
Jackie Greene - Till the Light Comes CD - Back from his most extensive tour to date, hitting up all the festivals, Jackie Greene delivers another gem proving his title 'Prince of Americana' more relevant than ever. Jackie steps out with maturity and soul on this incredible journey of song confirming that 'Mr. Next Big Thing'... is here, and now! Says Ben Fong Torres, of Rolling Stone Magazine fame '......... Jackie is a sensational rocker.......not to be missed'.
July 8-11 *All Good 14 - Masontown, WV
July 15-17 Camp Bisco 9 - Mariaville, NY
Camp Euforia 2010
- Lone Tree, IA
July 22-25 *Floydfest 09 - Floyd, VA
Sonic Bloom Festival - Poudre Canyon, CO
July 29-Aug 1 - Gathering of the Vibes - Brideport, CT
* Look for the HGMN Booth at this event!
Video of the Week:
The Mis-Adventures of King for a Day - animated!
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